Undergraduates wrap up summer research as part of annual program

REU Program

Mentor Rachel Hock (left) works with REU participant Rachael Tomasino (right). (Courtesy LASP)

The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at CU-LASP came to an end on August 6th. Each year, the eight-week program brings students from all over the country to complete a summer-long research project working directly with scientists.

This year, 16 students spent 8 weeks at either LASP, NCAR/HAO, NOAA/SWPC, or SwRI conducting research, connecting with scientists, and creating a network of friends and colleagues. The scientist mentors provided students with research projects spanning the field of solar and space physics. During the final week of the program, each student gave a 30-minute talk presenting their findings and detailing potential further research relating to their topic.

Dr. Martin Snow, Principle Investigator of the program, said, “This year’s REU program was the largest and most successful ever. Research topics included solar variability, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, the Earth’s atmosphere and the magnetosphere to name but a few. The students came from colleges and universities all over the country and left with a taste of what scientific research is really like.”

The REU program will be accepting applications for 2011 starting in late fall 2010. Please visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/education/reu/ for the latest updates.